We all know it takes a trusted makeup artist to get a celebrity Met Gala–ready, but what about a makeup artist getting Met Gala–ready? Well, that comes with its own set of rituals. World-renowned makeup guru Gucci Westman gave Byrdie an exclusive look at her pre-Met prep—from trying on the perfect dress to doing her own makeup (and the products she swears by, obviously). Keep scrolling to take a look at her Met Gala photo diary!
6:15 a.m: Woke up and left Bedford, jammed to the city, and got the kids ready to go to school by 7:50 a.m.
8:15 a.m.: I had a workout with Samantha, who teaches at The Class by Taryn Toomey. I did a modified version and it was great.
Afterwards, I had breakfast: an Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter and honey, blueberries, decaf iced almond milk latte, and a bio K.
10 a.m.: I went to my first dress fitting of the day at Rag and Bone. We made a few adjustments.
11 a.m.: I had a facial with Georgia Louise, whom I love. She gave me her signature massage, which lifts your face up. Then, I had facial with Elemis products.
12 p.m.: Sweetgreen for lunch. I got the lentil soup and spicy quinoa. (Tip: If you don't get a salad, you don't have to stand in line!)
3 p.m.: I had my second fitting, and the dress looked great but still need a couple tweaks.
3:30 p.m.: Ran home and jumped in the shower.
4 p.m: Tim Nolan and his assistant come over to do my hair. I did my makeup at the same time.
Tips for getting red carpet–ready fast:
Know what you're going to do ahead of time so you can have your products in front of you.
Set your priorities. For example, I got a facial today to have a nicer palette to work from.
My makeup process:
- I take the most amount of time on my foundation. I used Chanel Les Bieges Foundation ($60). Take your time and put it on after your moisturizer has really sunk in. I prepped my skin with SK-II moisturizer and oil. If you have time, exfoliate and then use a pore tightening essence afterward to create a really nice canvas to start on.
- Then, I put on concealer where needed. I used Clé de Peau Concealer ($70).
- I did my eyes with a Chanel Multi-Use Palette in Browns [ed note: discontinued]. I bring the shadow up to the socket and then blend along the bottom lashes, and blend some more. I also like a little brown shadow below my bottom lashes. And of course, mascara.
- Next, I put Burberry highlighter on my cheekbones and a little in my tear duct.
- I like Tom Ford's Contour Palette ($80) to lightly contour under my cheekbones.
- I finished with Chanel Les Bieges Powder ($58).
- On my lips, I like Nars Matte Lip Pencil ($26) in Bahama Mamma.
6:15 p.m.: Took some pictures with my husband and kids before jumping in the car.
I slipped a lipgloss into my clutch and of course, my phone.
The final look!
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